Performance & Policy Consultative Committee
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Performance & Policy Consultative Committee

The Country Fire Authority (CFA) Performance and Policy Consultative Committee (Committee) has been established by the State Government to consider the future directions of CFA.

CFA is the one of the largest volunteer-based emergency services organisations in the world, with 1,125 brigades providing vital services to the Victorian community. Every day, CFA protects 3.3 million people and over 1 million homes. The community relies on CFA to provide lifesaving services before, during and after emergencies. Likewise, CFA relies on members of the community to volunteer their time and expertise to fulfil its public safety role.

The community is changing, as are the risks they face. CFA must continue to deliver services to the community and support them through emergencies, but how CFA ensures high-quality service delivery into the future is not well understood. CFA must change and the Committee has been established to investigate this need and the challenges faced by CFA.

The Committee provides an opportunity to unite career firefighters, volunteers, support staff and management to improve CFA’s performance and culture, and provide advice on how CFA can continue to provide vital services to a changing community. The Committee will be assisted in this work by examining other important reviews, inquiries and action plans in the emergency services area, and investigating the changing needs of the community.

The Committee's Terms of Reference - pdf 26k contain information about the scope and operation of the Committee.

Committee membership

The Committee is chaired by the Minister for Emergency Services, the Hon. James Merlino, and includes representatives from CFA, Emergency Management Victoria (EMV) and Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic).

The Committee’s membership will ensure that it can consider and give advice and recommendations that reflect the diverse membership of CFA and its role in reducing the impact and incidence of fires and other emergencies. CFA works closely with EMV and FFMVic, and their involvement in the Committee will ensure that CFA considers its future directions in the context of sector-wide reform.

View the committee organisational chart - pdf 293k 

CFA representatives

CFA’s workforce is represented by eight Committee members, including three career firefighters, three volunteer firefighters and two Professional, Technical and Administrative Staff.

View the PPCC committee representatives for each region - pdf 457k

The Committee's work

The Committee met for the first time in December 2016.

The Committee has established four working groups to investigate specific issues concerning CFA’s future directions. These are:

1.

Modernising brigades and stations

Chair: Steve Warrington, CFA Chief Officer
Members: Allie Guegan, Volunteer Firefighter at Langwarrin
Bruce Taberner, Lead Learning & Development, West Region
Dean Simmons, Operations Officer, Swan Hill
Michael Platt, Volunteer Firefighter at Sebastopol
Focus: To look at what opportunities exist to modernise our approach and make brigades and stations flexible enough to meet the needs of the community, and change with the community they serve.
   

2.

Enhancing volunteerism

Chair: Craig Lapsley, Emergency Management Commissioner
Members: Allie Guegan, Volunteer Firefighter at Langwarrin
Bruce Taberner, Lead Learning & Development, West Region
Dean Simmons, Operations Officer, Swan Hill
Gwynne Brennan, Executive Manager, Community Safety
Ali Martin (subject matter expert), Manager, Volunteer Sustainability
Focus: To look at what inputs are needed (as CFA and as a sector) to support volunteerism in a modern, flexible and adaptive way, and increase volunteer accessibility and engagement for the diverse community we serve.
   

3.

Service Delivery

Co-chairs: Steve Warrington, CFA Chief Officer
Stephanie Rotarangi, FFMVic Chief Fire Officer
Members: Alec Carson, Volunteer Firefighter at Snake Valley
Chris Hall, Operations Officer, South Warrandyte
Dean Simmons, Operations Officer, Swan Hill
Gwynne Brennan, Executive Manager, Community Safety
Focus: To look at what opportunities exist to modernise our service delivery model to maximise service delivery and meet the needs of the community we serve.
   

4.

Training

Chair: Subject matter expert Gregg Paterson, CFA Deputy Chief Officer of Training
Members: Alec Carson, Volunteer Firefighter at Snake Valley
Chris Hall, Operations Officer in South Warrandyte
Kris Wilms, Senior Instructor, Leadership & Management Development
Michael Platt, Volunteer Firefighter at Sebastopol
Focus: To look at how we can maximise training to meet the needs of our people, CFA and the sector.

How to get involved

Updates on the work of the Committee will be released following every meeting, and are available here:

The Committee is committed to engaging directly with CFA members, the broader sector and the community it serves to guide its operation. The Committee will use several mechanisms to do this, including the release of an interim report to share its ideas and seek feedback.

The Committee will release more information about its work as it progresses, so check back here for updates and future opportunities to be involved.
If you have any questions about the Committee’s work, please contact the Secretariat at performancepolicycc@cfa.vic.gov.au.

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